Welcome to “Good Morning, Illini Nation,” your every day dose of faculty basketball information from Illini beat author and AP Prime 25 voter Scott Richey. He’ll supply up insights each morning on Brad Underwood’s group:
This explicit beat author is at the moment on trip, however he didn’t need to go away you hanging day-after-day at 6 a.m. That’s the place this sequence looking at a few of Illinois’ Class of 2021 recruiting targets comes into play.
College: Westtown College (Pa.)
Rating: No. 37 (247Sports activities); No. 26 (Rivals)
Notable provides: Auburn, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Ohio State, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Texas A&M, UCLA
Movie assessment: Performs with a physicality within the paint. Can, if he has to, put the ball on the ground and get to the rim. Doesn’t put the ball on the courtroom when it isn’t vital and retains ball excessive after corralling entry cross. Size and athleticism make him each a perfect alley oop goal and a strong rebounder. Gained’t break any land pace data, however can stand up and down the courtroom in transition. Simply the tiniest inkling of a jumper. Takes a bit of doing to get off, however the makings for extra are there.
Illinois’ possibilities: Too early to inform. The Illini haven’t progressed fairly as far with Kepnang as they’ve with, say, Mac Etienne. That Kepnang additionally determined towards reclassifying to the Class of 2020 means he wouldn’t be an choice ought to Kofi Cockburn hold his title within the NBA draft (in contrast to Etienne, who not less than hasn’t mentioned he received’t). Kepnang staying within the 2021 class merely means Illinois has longer to work on his recruitment.
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